Monday, 30 July 2012

Curve Social!!!

Well I’ve been thinking about this new fabulous blogger world I’ve found myself in, and as much as I love talking to all the lovely ladies via Twitter and via our respective blogs, I wanted more of an opportunity to actually meet people!

I love meeting new people and hearing about others lives and interests, so wanted to do something about it. I know there are a few plus size events throughout the year, but I’d really like something more frequent; and when I get an idea in mind- there’s nothing stopping me (even if said idea crashes and burns :/). I hope you all think it’s a good idea too and would like to come and either meet some new people, or catch up with old friends.

So, myself and Lauren set up a Facebook group, so please have a look. As you all know, joining a group means you get all updates as and when they happen; it’d be particularly good if you don’t live in London because photos and such will all be posted there to keep you all in the know.

The first event will be posted very soon (in the next couple days), so keep an eye out.

We're really excited! :)


Last day of proper summer (for now) outfit

Well hello there, just a quick one.

I wore this outfit a few days ago, and was again photographed by my lovely friend Soph.

I absolutely love this skirt! I do wish that it was made a little shorter, and I could of course alter it if I wanted to, but there’s something about its long flowiness (don’t think that’s an actual word but still) that screams summer for me. Also the fact that there is no black to be seen in said outfit, is to be frank, a miracle!

Skirt: H&M
Top: Love Label (via Very)
Cardigan: So Fabulous (via Very)
Leggings: Saviour (via Very)
Scarf: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: New Look
Sunglasses: Dorothy Perkins

'Til next time!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Summer Time!

Well this is my first proper post in a while, so sorry about that folks. Hello to my new followers, so glad that you guys are enjoying what I’m doing so far- the emails I have been receiving have been so wonderful J

I hope you’ve enjoyed the videos I’ve posted thus far with my Interview Series (page above). I have a couple of people on the horizon too, so watch this space. Sorry I haven’t posted the email interviews just yet; still a few things to sort in this regard and will hopefully start to post them from next week.

I have so many ideas swirling in my head at the moment, some of which I don’t know how to get kicked started, but I will plug away and will of course keep you updated if anything develops.

I haven’t been all there recently, the last two weeks have been quite difficult, and I’ve been doing the old “analysing ones life”. I have a pipe dream to spend a year (or two) in New York. I want to try and get more involved in photography as I’m really rediscovering my love for it after years of abandonment. It would be amazing to take this new love to New York, but I was there earlier this year, and you can’t move a centimeter without bumping into a photo pro.  Anyways, I've started to look into it and it seems quite hard to just up and leave- but where there's a will....

Right, back to business!

You know when you are rummaging through your wardrobe because it is stinking hot outside and you can’t for the life of you find something that doesn’t make you melt due to the unbearable heat? Well I found this lovely summery dress crumpled up on my top shelf. I haven’t worn it since uni (trust me, it was a looong time ago!), and can’t believe I haven’t paid attention to it until now. This is light and airy, and I felt cool all day. I am the WORST when it’s this hot, so to find things that makes me not feel like a lobster is a blessing:

Dress: New Look (ages ago though)
Scarf: Dorothy Perkins
Cardigan: So Fabulous (via Very)
Belt: Camden Market
Legging: Savoir (via Very)
Sunglasses: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins

*Shout out to the photographer, my lovely friend Soph J

Well I think I’ll leave it there, I’ve gone on a bit :s

‘Til next time folks!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Fattylympics/ Interview Series

Hi folks J

Well I’ve just about come down from my high of yesterday. I went to Fattylympics, and met the most awesome, lovely and amazing people. The event started off really nicely, with the welcome, followed by the anthem- I’ve put a video of the anthem below…although I was a bit late on the uptake and failed to record the first couple seconds of it :/

The day was incredibly refreshing and everyone was smiling and getting involved. Below are a few pictures:

Yesterday was also a thrill because I managed to interview four gorgeous ladies for my new blog feature: Interview Series. The ones I have from yesterday will be posted this week, with each interview having it’s own time to shine, with it’s own day. I will start with myself, as what's the point if I don’t bother to give my own views too right?! Head over to the Interview Series page (above) from Tuesday to have a look. I thought it would be best to post the videos first, so the emails I have received so far will be posted at the start of next week.

I also thought I’d post what I actually wore yesterday too-

Dress: H & M (love the dress, but the service in those stores is appalling!)
Cardigan: So Fabulous (via Very)
Belt: Camden Market
Scarf: Dorothy Perkins
Tights: Marks and Spencer
Fabulous Shoes: Dorothy Perkins (I got these a while ago, so unfortunately, I don’t think you can get them anymore)
Satchel: Camden Market

I think I’ll leave it there, but I really hope you enjoy the Interview Series, and you can take part yourself via my contact page.

‘Til next time J

Thursday, 5 July 2012

My own rally cry

Hi folks :)

So per last nights post, I would like to invite you to think about a couple of questions for me. I will be at Fattylympics on Saturday, and can't wait to meet everyone and enjoy all the festivities. I didn't want to restrict my questions to just those whom will be attending though, so thought it'd be a good idea to post them now:

*What are your attitudes to being "plus size"?
*What do you do when you're having one of "those" bad body days?
*What is your best feature and why?
*What type of style do you wear to compliment your body?
*For those still confused and/ or feeling abashed due to their size, what advice would you give them?
*Promote yourself! Share your own blog/website/Twitter links so people can get in touch and/or follow you :)

I will be posting every participants answers and will not edit- I hate it when things are chopped up and things get lost in translation.

If you would like to email me your answers, you can do so via my contact page above, giving you first or full name (your preference). Alternatively, feel free to jump me at Fattylympics, and I will either hand you a sheet or video record you for posting (again, your preference).

Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance- can't wait to hear what you have to say.

Love and hugs!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Answering the call

So a friend of mine asked me what I was doing over the weekend, and I told her I was going to a fabulous plus size event called Fattylympics. I sent her the link and she thought it was great, but at the same time asked me a question I hadn’t even really thought about- how did this all come about? Not the event itself, but the “revolution”. The rally cry, from the plus size community?

I’ve been thinking a lot about it, and here are some of my thoughts (because I could go on forever really):

I think there has always been an underlying frustration for plus size women, seeing the promotion of what the media claims as "perfection". There has been an uneasy truce in this regard, where we have bitten our lips and have for the most part, accepted our ironically small corner in the fashion world- then the size zero movement happened.

All the talk about looking “healthy” and promoting being “healthy”, all of a sudden confirmed what we had always known- the excuse was a pack of lies! It had nothing to do with health, because anyone who is half intelligent would know you cannot know if someone is healthy merely by looking at them. So us plus size folk were kicked into action. If we were perceived as unhealthy, how can a size zero be deemed healthy? It's the same thing, just on a different scale (no pun intended).

But of course size zero is glamorous, and what we should surely all aspire to? That high fashion look is what we all want surely? Well, we said NO! We finally said enough- we do not want to look like that, we love our bodies and we're finally going to make it known.

The rally cry was born!

Now, I am of course not saying that before size zero, there were no plus size promotion, but from my own personal experience, I finally had my epiphany and found comfort in those who had created blogs and were writing articles about their love of  a curvy body; and asking why the community was in hiding. The more people answering the call, the more others (including myself) felt confident enough to relay to the world that being plus size doesn’t mean unhealthy/unsexy/unattractive, undesirable and/or unfashionable.

The community is ever growing and I'm happy to be part of it. I’m happy to know that (unlike most cases in the fashion/body image world), there is support where we encourage each-other to be better, to be proud and to be confident.

There is still a long way to go, and I think if we're all honest, we are never going to have a equal playing field; but we are pushing our way out of the corner and forcing others to take notice- this can only be good thing.

So events like Fattylympics, Burger Queen and Plus London are welcomed with open arms and are fast growing- it’s all so wonderful, and long may it continue


Ps. If you see me at Fattylympics, you may wish to run for the hills, because I’m kind of on a mission to interview a few girls about the event for a blog article. I really want to gain a real perspective from other like minded people, and I think it’ll be really interesting to see how our views differ- despite all being there for the same cause. If you do see me though, and would be more than happy to come over to say hello, and answer a couple of questions, please don’t be shy!